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SHS & HIMSS ME-PI Compensation and Community Survey

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Management Engineering-Process Improvement (ME-PI) Community and Society for Health Systems (SHS) launched a Web-based survey to their membership in early 2015. The purpose of this survey was to gain a better understanding of our members within the healthcare performance improvement community. View the results 

Superbugs make hospital leaders rethink supply chain

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs are one of the top threats to patient safety within healthcare, but hospital leaders must also consider the threat when managing the supply chain, according to Healthcare Finance News.

Healthcare spending grows twice as fast as economy

Healthcare spending grew at twice the rate of the rest of the economy in the second quarter, renewing fears that the sector's upward march has resumed after nearly a half decade of relative calm.

 2nd Annual SHS Student Simulation Competition

FlexSimBack by popular demand! The SHS Student Simulation Competition sponsored by FlexSim is now accepting entries. Teams of four students (maximum) will solve a "real-world" healthcare situational case study using Flexsim's simulation software. The finalists will receive a travel stipend and complimentary registrations to Healthcare Process Improvement Conference, Feb. 17-19 in Houston. Learn more 

Health Systems Engineer: An Emerging Field


Date and Time: Aug. 11 | 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenter: Heather Woodward-Hagg, Ph.D., director, VA Center - Applied Systems Engineering

The Veterans Health Administration funded the Veterans Engineering Resource Center Program to support the integration and translation of systems engineering methods within healthcare delivery systems. This presentation will review the evolution of the VERC programs as well as the emergence of a new field of health systems engineering. More information and registration 

IBM Watson, CVS deal: How the smartest computer on earth could shake up health care for 70m pharmacy customers

The artificial intelligence system known as Watson is going to supercompute your health. IBM and CVS announced on Thursday that they will work together to come up with algorithms that use physiological indicators and red-flag behaviors to predict whose health is fine and whose may be on the decline. The first stage of the deal will focus on patients with chronic conditions, such as heart disease and obesity, but after that the sky's the limit. Here's why the deal is poised to shake up the way you think about healthcare.

Submit an abstract for the HSPIC 2016

Share your success story, share your knowledge, and energize the attendees with the latest in proven tools, analyses, and methodologies to improve healthcare operations. The deadline to submit an oral presentation abstract is Aug. 10.

Submit your abstract now for the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2016!

Lean Approach to Patient Scheduling

/uploadedImages/SHSNew/bigstock-Green-Webinar-Icon-With-Highli-45449404.jpgDate and Time: Oct. 27 | 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenter: Keith A. Leitner, president and owner, Leitner Consulting Group

As healthcare resource utilization has increased, patient waiting has also risen. Past attempts to reduce waiting have usually resulted in less utilization of key resources – with huge financial implications. While this trade-off is widely known and much research and mathematical models have been published to try to optimize this trade-off, the inherent complexity of applying them to the real world schedule of most practices has been prohibitive. This webinar will clearly illustrate the root cause of the trade-off while showing a very practical and applicable way to achieve lean patient scheduling.
More information and registration 

See a sneak peek from Keith’s presentation at the 2015 HSPI Conference here.

Staff huddles: Easier said than done

The idea of short, focused morning huddles instead of wide-ranging meetings has been gaining ground, with researchers saying they can help providers improve safety and become more productive. Experts suggest keeping the daily huddles fresh by offering thanks, sharing lessons learned, reminding staff of upcoming events and highlighting upcoming challenges

IOM outlines pathway to cut wait times, increase access to care

Shifting resources, changing cumbersome processes and rethinking how services are delivered can result in dramatic changes, according to the report by the IOM Committee on Optimizing Scheduling in Healthcare. The report was prompted by the high-profile scheduling issues at the VA's hospital in Phoenix, in which 40 veterans died while waiting for appointments, but apply across healthcare settings.


SHS NewsletterJuly 2015

The July 2015 issue of the SHS Newsletter features three upcoming webinars: SHS Salary and Community Survey Results (July 23), Smart Messaging on IIE's Social Media Network (Aug. 4), and Health Systems Engineer: An Emerging Field (Aug 11). The lead article discusses how tech rivalries are impeding digital medical record sharing.

Other articles discuss topics on how a database may help identify veterans on the edge, the first steps in improving phlebotomy, and staffing needs for food services. Read articles titled "Baylor Scott and White - strategy deployment three years later" and "Huntsman School of Business and Shingo Institute team up for Lean Continuous Improvement MBA." 

Readers interested in learning more about career paths in healthcare can read bios of SHS members who have had successful careers.


  Lean Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 5 Days

  Principles in Patient Flow and Throughput
Norcross, GA - 2 Days

  Six Sigma Black Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 15 Days

  Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 3 Days

  Lean Black Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 8 Days

  Lean Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 3 Days

  Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 3 Days

  Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 3 Days

  Six Sigma Black Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 15 Days

  Lean Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 5 Days